Contrary to popular belief, mobile devices are not as safe as people think they are, with half of Australian organisations losing data through them, according to security vendor, Websense .
The analysis comes the way of the Global Study on Mobility Risks, a joint report from Websense and the Ponemon Institute that asked 300 IT and IT security practitioners in Australia to identify hidden mobile risks.
Since mobility is a key topic of conversation in a lot of organisations at the moment, Websense A/NZ regional sales director, Gerry Tucker, is not surprised that businesses are looking to take advantage of mobile devices, whether it is willingly or being "pushed down that path".
“However, from a security perspective, it’s also posing certain risks,” he said.
One of the key findings of the report was that 61 per cent of organisations are saying that using mobile devices is an “extremely important” part of their organisation, and they see it as enhancing their ability to meet their business objectives.
“At the same time, 85 per cent of organisations are saying that it’s actually creating increased security risks for them,” Tucker said.
“So there are additional threats to the organisation because of that.”
The stand-out result from the survey was that 50 per cent of organisations have said that they have had a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile devices.
More importantly, Tucker points out that only 36 per cent of them had the "necessary security policy" in place to deal with this threat.
While the survey was carried out globally, Tucker found that the Australian statistics were not significantly different from the global ones, indicating that the local threat landscape is not so far removed from the one overseas.
“There are a couple of percentage points difference, but aren’t drastically removed from the global view of things,” he said.
Other discoveries in the report included 48 per cent of organisations experiencing an increase in infections because of mobile devices, yet only 36 per cent of companies have controls to reduce risk on mobile devices.
In addition to publishing these results, Websense has released its new Triton Mobile Security solution, which is designed to control mobile device security, risk, and compliance on mobile wireless networks and public Wi-Fi networks.
Triton Mobile Security is part of the overall Triton solution, which already offers Web, email, mobile, and data loss prevention security.